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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Support for the armed forces community

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Leaving the armed forces can have a huge impact on your life and your family. Not only must you find a new job and housing, but also settle your family into schools, jobs and social activities.

A wide range of services are available from Stockton Council that can help with your resettlement.

Stockton Council has marked its support for the local services community by adopting an Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces representatives. It not only recognises the contribution of serving personnel, their families and veterans but importantly it identifies practical ways the Council can help them access support to help them adjust to life after leaving the services.

In turn, the armed forces promote ties with the local community and offer support wherever they can.

Other members of Stockton Strategic Partnership have also signed up to the principles in the Community Covenant, including Cleveland Police, local NHS services, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Job Centre Plus, Teesside Probation Service and Catalyst on behalf of local voluntary and community services.

Read the Stockton Community Covenant document for additional information.

Stockton Borough Council have set up a helpline number on telephone: 01642 528334 for members of the Armed Forces and Ex Forces service personnel which is available Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

 

Health services

The Veterans’ Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service (VWALS) is a new mental health and wellbeing service to support veterans and their families in the north east. For the very first time, it will provide a single point of access to the range of mental health support services which already exist across the region, making it much easier to get signposted to the right help and support.

For further information and to access the Veterans' Wellbeing Assessment Liaison Service please telephone: 0191 441 5974 or email: vwals@nhs.net

The local mental health trust (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust) has a dedicated, nationally recognised Community Veterans Mental Health Service which provides tailored support for those who have left the Forces.

Visit the Veterans Wellbeing Group for further information and guidance.

 

Other services

Looking for a job or training? Need advice about resettlement? Trying to work your way through the pensions minefield? You'll find a whole range of useful guides and contacts via the Royal British Legion's Civvy Street website.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) provides practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families. The RBL run the Poppy Calls Handy Person Service which provides a service for small household repairs and minor adaptations around the home.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) provide financial, practical and emotional assistance to anyone that is currently serving or has ever served in the Army, Navy or RAF, and their families. 

The Job Centre Plus has dedicated Armed Forces Champions in each area. The contact for Tees Valley is Christina Blaney who can be contacted on telephone: 07966566800 or email: christina.blaney@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk.

Middlesbrough Citizens Advice Bureau provides a dedicated Money and Benefits advice service for veterans across Teesside. For further information please telephone: 01642 802314 or email: blsupport@middlesbroughcab.cabnet.org.uk.

Veterans UK is responsible for pay and pensions provision. They also provide crisis support and welfare information. Veterans UK provides pay, pension and support services to both Military Personnel and the Veterans Community, directly serving around 900,000 personnel.

Finchale Veterans Service is a specialist training college which hosts a veteran’s support network and produces a Directory of Services. Finchale was founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for disabled servicemen.